LYDNEY police station is set to re-open four years after it was closed due to budget cuts.

The Lydney base is scheduled to become operational again later this year and as many as 20 officers will work from the station.

Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl outlined the plans at a Lydney Town Council meeting this week.

The commissioner said he hopes the move will ‘enhance the police presence in the area’.

The building was earmarked for closure by the former police authority in 2011 as part of a major programme of cuts.

The commissioner acquired the building following his election in 2012 and says it was always his ambition to re-open the station ‘when finances permitted’, after it closed in 2015.

The constabulary sought to lease out the property in 2017 but had no interest.